Knowing that Leach historically had weaker defenses is why I believe Eric decided to install the Iowa State 3-3-5. It's also why he brought in a coach who has four years experience in that defense. I really believe that this is the answer to our rather porous defense of last year.
I posted this on another thread about recruiting. These are the 247 recruit rankings by average for this year's class. How can you even complain about the quality of our class when Eric was hired on December 13th, and the first signing period was December 21st. If you account for the holiday break, he was only given 6 weeks to put together a class and a staff. He didn't even have his entire staff filled until after the holidays. We didn't have that many spots to fill. For the time he had, and the quality players that he was able to add after the 1st signing period, this is not a terrible class. He signed 2 of our highest defensive recruits ever. Additionally, he signed a starting QB, C, and G that were starters at FBS schools this year. I can't wait to see what this staff does next year with a full calendar year.